The U.S. House of Representatives Passes Water Bill Sponsored by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
Washington, DC – (Thursday, October 24, 2013)– On October 23, 2013, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson voted in favor of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013, a bipartisan bill that authorized Corps of Engineers funding for improvements to America’s ports, waterways, and projects. The legislation included flood protection, drinking water, dams and levees, and issues related to environmental restoration. The measure was designed to increase investments in improving the nation’s ports, by calling for an increase in the percentage of revenues collected each year through the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spent on harbor projects. The legislation authorized nearly a billion dollars for enhancing Texas ports and waterways and provides for an assessment of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
“As the Senior Texan on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and cosponsor of this legislation, I supported this legislation but that doesn’t mean I will stop working on those provisions that weaken environmental protections and the ability of the public to participate in streamlining provisions of the bill.”
“As Co-Chair of the Texas Maritime Caucus, I have supported language in this bill to increase commercial navigation capabilities for Texas’ ports and waterways. I am excited about Texas’ ports and the role that they play in cultivating the Texas economy, the National economy, and the global economy.”
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 passed with overwhelmingly bi-partisan support by a vote of 417 yeas to 3 nays.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.